Narendra Modi posters depicting Statue of Unity blackened by Protesting Tribals in Gujarat

Gujarat, Oct 28 :Tribals opposing the unveiling of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ have blackened Posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat’s Narmada district.

Around 75,000 tribals affected by the ‘Statue of Unity’ project have called for a bandh on October 31 in Gujarat when Modi will be inaugurating the world’s tallest statue ,Located in the mountain range of Satpura and Vindhyanchal, about 100 km from Vadodara, marking the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel (1875-1950).

“This is clearly a sign of how the tribal community is dissenting against the BJP. They have taken away our land, the most valuable resource a tribal has, to carry out the so called development,” said Prafull Vasava, a tribal leader.
“The authorities have replaced the torn posters with new ones and kept them guarded by the police. This might be the first time anywhere in the world that even posters of a Prime Minister have to be guarded by the police.

“Tribal communities from Narmada have been opposing this project since 2010, but now the entire tribal belt in the state is against it,” he added.

Some 100 small and big tribal organisations across the state have backed the bandh.

“Right from Banaskantha to the Dang district, nine tribal districts will be joining us in the agitation. And the ‘Bandh’ will not only be limited to schools, offices or commercial establishments, but households will be observing a ‘fast’ (no cooking),” Vasava said.

“No food will be cooked in 72 villages affected by the entire project, as we will be mourning the project which is being carried out for our destruction,” added Vasava.

According to tradition, food is not cooked in a tribal village when they mourn the dead.

“Our rights as tribals are being violated by the government. We don’t have anything against the great son of Gujarat, Sardar Patel and his honour should be maintained. We are not against the development even, but this project is against us,” added Vasava.

According to tradition, food is not cooked in a tribal village when they mourn the dead.

“Our rights as tribals are being violated by the government. We don’t have anything against the great son of Gujarat, Sardar Patel and his honour should be maintained. We are not against the development even, but this project is against us,” added Vasava.

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